The Abuse of the Hipocrisy Charge in Politics
by Richard McDonough
In reply to Jeremy
Garrett's criticism of my paper in the July 2009 issue of Public Affairs
Quarterly, I, first, clarify my view of the proper status of same-sex
marriage in a liberal society. I, second, defend my claim that moral disapprobation
of homosexuality may be a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for denying
same-sex couples the benefits and protections of the marriage license.
Finally, I criticize the view that, as long as marriage is viewed as a
contract to be entered into by competent parties, it is not legitimate
for the state to provide material and legal support only to contracts
in which the parties are opposite-sex couples.